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Hindu Woman forced by Husband and in-laws to adopt Islam and eat Beef in Phulwari, Patna

The police have detained two people after complaint was filed by the woman but the husband, Asif Iqbal and the Maulvi of the Madrasa are on the run

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  • A Hindu woman filed a complaint in Phulwari region in Patna, claiming that her husband and in laws forced her to convert to Islam and eat cow meat
  • She was blackmailed by a pornographic video made by her husband while being raped by him
  • The woman from Kolkata and Asif met through Facebook 

PATNA: A Hindu woman filed a complaint in Phulwari region in Patna, claiming that her husband and in laws forced her to convert to Islam and eat cow meat on June 13. She said that she was kept in a Madrasa for a month where she learnt the principles of Islam. Whenever she tried to refuse, she was blackmailed by a pornographic video made by her husband, when she was being raped by him.

The police have detained two people after her complaint was filed. The husband, Asif Iqbal and the Maulvi of the Madrasa are on the run.

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Hailing from Kolkata, the woman and Asif met through facebook. She was impressed when she saw the photos he had uploaded through his account. They soon exchanged numbers and an affair began. On Asif’s continuous requests, she went to Patna to meet him. There, she was sexually harassed in a hotel room. Asif had been filming the entire incident.

On her return to Kolkata, she found herself blackmailed by Asif. She went back to Patna, pleading him to marry her. There, she was assaulted by him, yet again. After a few days, Asif took her to his parents. On their demand, her conversion to Islam began.

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Even after she had accepted Islam, her in laws continued to torment her. Gathering her courage, she told about this to her mother in Kolkata. Together, they filed a complaint in the local police station. The accused are yet to be found.

by Devika Todi, an intern at NewsGram. twitter: devika_todi 


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  • AJ Krish

    These frequent attacks on women, blackmails and conversions need to be stopped.Women are not to be pushed around or bend to our will.

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Officials and doctors say Sajid Masih is recovering from his “fractured legs and jaw” in a hospital in Lahore where the incident took place on Friday.

Masih and one of his cousins were taken into custody for allegedly posting anti-Islam content on Facebook. They were being probed by cybercrime experts of the Federal Investigation Agency, or FIA, at its main office in the eastern Pakistani city when Masih jumped from the fourth floor of the building.

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Dozens of Pakistani human rights groups and activists strongly condemned the incident in a joint statement Monday. They raised serious concerns over persistent misuse of Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws, specifically against Christian and other religious minorities.

“The law enforcement authorities have not only failed in their duty to protect minorities but have actively participated in violence against them,” the statement said.

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They also demanded that area police withdraw the case of attempted suicide against Masih. Activists say they suspect the police case was meant to cover up and protect FIA officers who made the Christian community member jump off the building.

Insulting Islam and its Prophet Mohammad are extremely sensitive issues in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty, although no one has been executed under the blasphemy laws. Right groups say the laws are often misused or exploited to settle personal disputes.

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Last year,23-year-old university student Mashal Khan was beaten to death by fellow students and others at the campus, accusing him of sharing blasphemous content on social media, charges investigations later determined were false. The incident happened in the northwestern city of Mardan, provoking a nationwide outcry against Khan’s brutal killing.

Earlier in February, an anti-terrorism court sentenced one person to death and 30 others to jail terms, including life imprisonment, for their role in the lynching case. (VOA)